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NFL Preseason Preview - Houston (1-1) at Denver (2-0)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Texans and reigning AFC champion Denver Broncos will cap off a week of joint-practice sessions by squaring off at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Week 3 of preseason action.

The two teams engaged in practice sessions at the Broncos' facility on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday while kickoff is on Saturday.

Joint sessions with the Atlanta Falcons last week paid dividends for the Texans, who bounced back from a rough preseason-opening loss at Arizona with a 32-7 win against Matt Ryan and Co. last Saturday at NRG Stadium.

Ryan Fitzpatrick went 9-of-12 passing for 97 yards and a touchdown pass while Jonathan Grimes led Houston's rushers with 42 yards off nine carries.

The Texans scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams for the first time ever in a preseason game and tallied the franchise's highest preseason point total in six years.

Denver, meanwhile, is coming off an equally impressive win last Sunday at San Francisco. The defending AFC kingpins spoiled the 49ers debut at Levi's Stadium with a 34-0 thumping.

Reigning MVP Peyton Manning headlined an impressive performance from Denver's signal callers as he completed 12-of-14 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. The five-time MVP is now 22-of-27 for 180 yards in two preseason games.

Manning's backup, Brock Osweiler, was also superlative, finishing 10-of-13 for 105 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Cody Latimer, Denver's second-round draft pick.

Third-stringer Zac Dysert finished 8-for-11 for 63 yards with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Morrah in the fourth quarter.

The Texans have played the Broncos more times in the preseason and regular season than any other non-division team, squaring off 10 times since 2003.

08/22 12:58:25 ET